Researching Physics

The information for the Higher Assignment can be found in the document from the link below.

This document gives you detailed guidance on how to complete your assignment write up, what it must include and how to lay this out. It ought to be read in conjunction with the understanding standards examples contained at the link below

Read these documents carefully, they are vital for your write up. Make sure you clearly understand what they require of you. Your assignment is worth 17% and that is the difference between an A and a C grade, or a B and a D or F!

“But the reason I call myself by my childhood name is to remind myself that a scientist must also be absolutely like a child. If he sees a thing, he must say that he sees it, whether it was what he thought he was going to see or not. See first, think later, then test. But always see first. Otherwise you will only see what you were expecting.”
Douglas Adams, So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

In a selection of posts Mrs Physics will supply some recommended reading for some potential Higher Investigations and Research Topics. If there is something that you were particularly interested in make sure that you have a discussion with your Physics teacher to ensure it meets the requirements for the unit.

Unit outline

CfE Unit H Physics Researching Physics

The aim of this Unit is to develop skills relevant to undertaking research in Physics. You will plan and undertake a practical investigation and analyse results.

SQA Mark scheme and General Information

General Info_HigherPhysics Sept 16

The Unit offers opportunities for collaborative and independent learning. You will develop knowledge and skills associated with collecting, recording and processing information from a number of different sources. Equipped with knowledge of standard laboratory apparatus, you will plan and undertake a practical investigation related to a chosen physics topic.

Learners who complete this Unit will be able to:

1 Apply skills of scientific inquiry and draw on knowledge and understanding to research the underlying physics of a chosen topic

2 Apply skills of scientific inquiry to investigate, through experimentation, the underlying physics of a chosen topic

This Unit is a mandatory Unit of the Higher Physics Course and is also available as a free-standing Unit. 

“Everything must be taken into account. If the fact will not fit the theory—let the theory go.” Agatha Christie, The Mysterious Affair at Styles.